Prepare for an experience of olfactory bliss!
We have tons of mint growing in our garden, so I finally got around to researching a more adventurous culinary use of this fragrant herb. What I found was a suggestion for this sweet mint pesto that is simple to make and absolutely divine when paired with chocolate. If you love mint like I do, you will stay awake nights trying to figure out new uses for this concoction.
2 cups of fresh, cleaned and loosely packed mint leaves
1/2 cup of macademia nuts or walnuts (I used walnuts available)
1/3 cup of honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In a food processor, briefly chop the nuts. Then add all other ingredients and pulse into a smooth paste. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a month.
What to do with this pesto? Use it as a paste between chocolate cookies, or stir it into your favorite brownie mix. You could also blend it with a favorite ice cream. It would also be lovely stirred into a chocolate sauce or frosting for cakes or cookies. If you have other suggestions, please leave a comment!